Sunday, August 21, 2011

Coweta Writers Group To Meet On September 10

Will Continue Discussion of Book Marketing and Distribution

At its meeting in August the Coweta Writers Group discussed Book Marketing and Distribution. There was so much interest in the topic and so many matters not covered that it was decided to continue the same topic at its next meeting. This meeting will be held on Saturday September 10 from 10 AM through 12 Noon at the Ashley Park Barnes & Noble in Newnan. The speaker and discussion leader will be the same -- Swanee Ballman who is both a book author and the owner of Jawbone Publishing Company in Newnan. The meeting is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

Information on this meeting and on the Coweta Writers Group is available from Forrest Schultz at 770-583-3258 or schultz_forrest@yahoo.com.

You Might Be A Good Writer, If...

A review of David L. Anders You Might Be a Problem Drinker If... (Peachtree City, GA: David Anders Publishing House, 2011) 
109 pp $6.99 ISBN-13: 9780615448503 ISBN-10: 061545125X 
Reviewed by: Forrest W. Schultz

If you can create an appropriate attention-grabbing title for your book, you might be a good writer! If you can devise an interesting new format for presenting your thoughts, you might be a good writer. Dr. David Anders in the two books under review here has fulfilled both these criteria.

The titles, as I guess about 95% of Americans would know, are a take-off on Jeff Foxworthy's famous, "You Might Be A Redneck, If...". They are also the creative format. Each page contains one such gem. My favorite is the first one on the first page: "You Might Be A Problem Drinker, If You Pay More In Liquor Tax Than Income Tax.". Each of the two books contains 104 such one-liners.

At the rear of each of the two books is an announcement about at You Might Be A Problem Drinker, If...Contest, for those who would like to try their hand at composing some of their own. Information is available on the website www.AndersUSA.com.

Since these two books are humorous works, there may be some literary critics who might object to the addition of the serious discussions in the preface to each book, which bears this title: "Introduction, Explanations, Disclaimers, and Apology" -- wow!; all that in a preface. These critics can make a good argument for their case, and, frankly, I would have preferred just the comedy. But, you need to consider the fact that the author is a medical doctor: as a health care professional he feels obligated to teach us and warn us about the medical dangers of alcohol in the usual straightforward manner that is customary for his profession.

Dr. Anders and his wife and his mother have been writing for some time. Last year he established the David Anders Publishing House, which so far this year has published six of these books.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Rick Ryckeley, Author of Musings from a Cluttered Mind, to Discuss his Book in Peachtree City

The Friends of the Peachtree City Library are honored to present Rick Ryckeley, The Wife, and The Boy in the first ever event featuring the entire family, on September 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

Rick will read from and discuss his book, Musings from a Cluttered Mind. The book is a compilation of his columns in “The Citizen” newspaper plus an introduction to each article.

Rick was born at 110 Flamingo Street, in the State of Georgia. He has been a firefighter for over a quarter of a century, and is currently a Fire Apparatus Operator of a Quint, or ladder truck. He is also an educator, and has won awards at the state and national levels for his work educating children about fire safety. His awards include Georgia’s Fire Safety Educator of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, and the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award.

Musings from a Cluttered Mind is Rick’s first book; his second book in a series of four, Musings from a Really Cluttered Mind is set for release in April, 2012. His first novel, The Calling will be released in the fall of 2013.

Rick is one of the founders of the Go Two Guys, an organization of firefighters who work in the community as handypersons and who operate a charity. A portion of all of Rick’s book sales goes to that charity. The charity provides car seats, bike helmets, batting helmets, and other safety equipment for infants and children.

Musings from a Cluttered Mind will be available at Omega Book Store in the Peachtree Crossing Shopping Center, as well as from on-line outlets. Copies will be sold and autographed during his presentation at the Peachtree City Library.

For more information on library programs, check the web site at www.peachtree-city.org/library, or contact the Friends of the Peachtree City Library at ptc.library.friends@gmail.com.